Imperial Canada Inc

Imperial Canada Inc

Legal Haven of Choice for the World's Mining Industries

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Imperial Canada Inc. sets out to ask a simple question: why is Canada home to more than 70% of the world's mining companies?

Created by the British North America Act of 1867, Canada, rather than turning away from its colonial past, actively embraced, appropriated, and perpetuated the imperial ambitions of its mother country. Two years later, it took possession of Rupert's Land--all of the land draining into Hudson Bay--and the North West Territories from the Hudson's Bay Company, 3 million square miles of resources, and set about its nation-building enterprise of extending its Dominion "from sea to sea."

This Canadian imperial heritage continues to offer the extractive sector worldwide a customized trading environment that: supports speculation, enables capital flows to finance questionable projects abroad, pursues a pro-active diplomacy which successfully promotes this sector to international institutions, opens fiscal pipelines to Caribbean tax havens, provides government subsidies, and most especially, offers a politicized legal haven from any risk of litigious recourse attempted by any community seriously affected by these industries.

Traditionally rooted in Canadian law, the right to reputation effectively supersedes freedom of expression and the public's right to information. Hence, Canadian "bodies corporate," i.e. Canadian-based corporations, can sue for "libel" any and all persons or legal entities that quote documents or generate analyses of their corporate practices that they do not approve of. Even foreign academics have become hesitant about presenting their work in Canada for fear of such prosecution.

The authors of Imperial Canada Inc. , all respected scholars in their fields, meticulously research four factors that contribute to the answer to this question: Quebec's and Ontario's mining codes; the history of the Toronto Stock Exchange; Canada's involvement with Caribbean tax havens; and, finally, Canada's official role of promoting itself to international institutions governing the world's mining sector.
Publisher: Vancouver : Talonbooks, c2012
ISBN: 9780889226357
Branch Call Number: 343.7107 DEN
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 22 cm

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darlenestrom
May 12, 2014

This is the book that brings to our awareness the reputation that Canadian mining companies have earned in Africa, South America and eastern Europe. And it is a terrifying picture, these companies are dragging our country's name through the mud by their corporate agendas. All of these activities are taking place, not against Canadian law but with the approval and even support of the Canadian government.
Something needs to be done about the lawless of big business and governments are not going to do it. Somehow each one of us must stand up and say no, in whatever way we think that we can.

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leishi118
Apr 23, 2014

aweful book. totally wasted my time!

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